Belfast Telegraph

Dornan, Skarsgard for Fifty Shades?

Jamie Dornan and Alexander Skarsgard are being lined up as possible replacements for Charlie Hunnam in the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie.

True Blood's Alexander and The Fall's Jamie are the latest hunks tipped to be in the running to play Christian Grey on the big screen, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Charlie has just quit the film adaptation of EL James's best-selling erotic novel, leaving Universal/Focus to find a new leading man to star opposite Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele.

British actor Charlie - who dropped out just weeks after being cast, citing his busy schedule - was chosen after a long search for Grey, with a string of handsome young actors rumoured to be in the running.

It has since been revealed that EL James' first choice was Twilight star Robert Pattinson.

The studio is now reported to be revisiting its initial list of possible contenders, including British actors Theo James and Christian Cooke.

Garrett Hedlund, who had apparently received an informal offer during the first round of casting, is now unavailable after signing up to star in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken, which starts shooting this week in Australia.

Meanwhile, Universal/Focus has also drafted in Oscar-nominated screenwriter Patrick Marber - whose previous credits include Closer and Notes On A Scandal - to polish the script.

Sam Taylor-Johnson is directing the film. Her husband Aaron Taylor-Johnson as ruled himself out as "too young" to play Christian Grey.


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